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My Gift To You, Learn How to Travel For Free



Would you like to travel abundantly for free, comped, anywhere in the world? Your travel could include FREE roadtrips, hotels, getaways, cruise lines, spas, resorts, dude ranches, golf resorts, theme parks, award-winning restaurants, and SO much more.

Are you someone who loves to travel and would like to do it completely free of charge while bringing your family, spouse, kids, parents, or friends along for free as well?

I have been doing this for over 27 years through 7 travel columns, 5 travel blogs, and 3 dining columns. I have published over 3000 print articles and over 2000 blog posts on travel.

My husband, five children, and most of my closest friends have accompanied me on over 900 comped, FREE travel trips all over the world (worth more than 1 million dollars).

I have taught thousands of people just like you how to do the same, through my classes, books, articles, national seminars, one-on-one and group coaching, and through my online classes since 1999, including my award-winning, best-selling book, Been There— Comped That, which was first released in 1999.

I still coach people every week, how to travel the world for free, as working media professionals, by writing about their travels, photographing their travels, and talking about their travels.

You can read the success stories and testimonials of many of my students (and even some of the tourism bureaus/PR professionals who have hosted me and comped me) HERE on my testimonial page.

If YOU and your family could travel anywhere for FREE, where would you go and what would you do with the entire world as your oyster?

Would you homeschool your kids all over the world like I did? What could you create or share? Who could you serve? And what could you do if travel was literally limitless for you and those you share your life with? Imagine the difference it could make in your life if travel and vacationing was without limits, as often as you desire, whether part time or full time. How would your life change?

Travel can be an opportunity to serve, to volunteer, to do missions and ministry work, and it can provide priceless memories and connection with family. It can open our awareness and allow us empathy and appreciation for other people, cultures, and places.

You can write about special needs travel, traveling with pets, mulit-generational travel, cruising, theme parks, RV travel, luxury travel, eco-travel, dude ranches, golf vacations, spa travel, road trips…I have done it all—and so can you!

Learn how you can travel for FREE, in my eBook. It’s my gift to you. With my “comp”-liments!

(if you have ANY difficulty downloading your FREE copy, please do not hesitate to CONTACT ME directly and I will personally send you a copy with my COMP-liments)

I am also available to coach you one-on-one through the process of launching a career as a travel writer/blogger/vlogger/influencer etc. I have done this for tens of thousands of people over the past 25 years. It’s my passion and I would love to share it with you.

Been There, Comped That, Free Travel eBook — CLICK HERE ON THE BOOK COVER BELOW to get your FREE copy now!   

Been There, Comped That, Free Travel eBook

I met Carmel around 2005 at various Travel Writing associations and then hosted her and her family on several subsequent press trips to the travel tourism destination that I represented.
She always conducted herself professionally & produced excellent media coverage for our destination so it was a pleasure to invite her back several times over the years.
As time went on, we became friends and she was very instrumental in coaching me through comping my own trip to Ireland which was the adventure of a lifetime.
I even ended up placing a story about it in one of Carmel’s online publications. I highly recommend Carmel’s instruction in comping/Travel Writing.

Dan on his comped travel writing trip, kayaking the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland.


From a comped champagne breakfast at a closed (for the season) B&B, to interesting border crossings, to comped dude ranching adrenaline highs, to comped rafting in very cold water, Carmel’s Travel Writing coaching and her book Been There Comped That, only sputters the fuse to what awaits the adventurous who apply the thoughts presented in her books and coaching.
CAUTION: before you decide to read her book or coach with Carmel, practice pulling your ripcord — you have no idea where this adventure could lead.
Thank you Carmel.
Scott & Kathleen
Scott and Kathleen on Safari in Africa


My life was already great, but then I took Carmel Mooney’s “Been There Comped That” class and it got even better. I learned how to get assignments as a travel writer and how to visit places for free with my family in exchange for writing articles about them. I even broke into Radio doing travel segments. Carmel is very knowledgeable about the subject, and presents it in a fascinating manner. It was the first class I ever took where I was so excited I couldn’t sleep that night. I highly recommend this class and her coaching.


I first made Carmel’s acquaintance from taking one of her amazing online courses in 2004 on how to become a travel writer and travel for free/comped. I immediately put her easy-to-follow instruction into practice and began comping vacations to South Padre Island, Houston, San Antonio, and many other travel destinations for me and my family. I even learned from Carmel how to start my own column where I have comped travel and dining for over 14 years now, thanks to her teaching and coaching. Eventually, Carmel and I met in person when she came to Texas on a comped travel writing trip with two of her daughters, and we became fast friends which led to me managing her book signings in South Texas and I was thrilled to facilitate her coming to teach a seminar for the Writers League of Texas where she taught dozens of us how to comp travel all over the world.She is a wonderful mother, writer, and coach. I am honored to be her student and friend.


I have worked with Carmel as a travel writer for many years. I have hosted Carmel on press trips and FAM tours and have found her to be a pleasure to work with as a travel journalist. She is a woman of ethics in both the business world and in her personal life and a true media professional who delivers what she promises. I love how she coaches others who love to travel, how to break in to travel writing, and how to comp travel with professionalism. She is a well-respected source of information and has a passion for teaching others how to do what she loves to do, traveling for free while sharing her love and enthusiasm for writing, story-telling, travel and tourism.


A few years ago, I took a (comped) travel writing class with Carmel. My main goal was to learn how to write text to accompany my photography. Not only did her class help me with that, but I learned how to travel for free as a travel writer. It was one of the most valuable and fun classes I have ever taken. She has been quite an inspiration to me through the years and she continues to amaze me with her talents. ~Sherri


Learning how to travel around the world free of cost, while covering my journey on my blog and other outlets, has been priceless. Every session or class invested with Carmel will reap significant rewards. —Mike


Here is a short video of me interviewing a Tourism Professional who hosts hundreds of travel writers each year on FREE trips: